Vancouver: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

There’s a lot to love about Vancouver. From the mountains and the beaches, to the walkable neighbourhoods and abundant year-round leisure activities; it’s not surprising that the city regularly tops “most liveable city” lists. However, this global attention has contributed to a red-hot housing market that, combined with relatively low-paying career opportunities, has left many Vancouverites questioning whether their futures might look brighter elsewhere. A constant stream of news reports suggest that the Vancouver lifestyle is becoming out of reach for many people. Is this really the case or do we simply need to shift our expectations? Do families have any choices besides moving to the suburbs and beyond?

Recorded June 14, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.


Erica Johnson, CBC Reporter, Go Public


Brent Cameron, MBA’06 – Managing Partner, Boydon Executive Search
Paul Kershaw, PhD’02 – Associate Professor UBC School of Population and Public Health, and Founder of Generation Squeeze
Tsur Somerville – Director, UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate; Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Economics Division